By now, it seems that everyone has heard of the Russian female punk collective Pussy Riot. Yet the band's prosecution is but an episode in Russia's ongoing misuse of antiextremism laws directed against dissenting voices.
In spite of our long history and tradition of tolerance, I am finding myself increasingly intolerant -- specifically, of the theology and practice of many evangelical Christians. But I say this with some real sorrow, and some measure of guilt.
A new report shows that bisexual women and gay men experience higher rates of domestic-violence victimization than people of other gender-and-sexual-orientation combinations. Thus, queer people in relationships with men are being abused by those men at disproportionate rates.
Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn't expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives.
Hate has become the tonic chord of our times. Its frequency in the news has more than doubled in the last five years, and, according to Google Trends, this year as a search term it spiked to an all-time high.
I learned some sobering facts while researching this post. One of them is that because I am gay, I am 41 times more likely to become a victim of a hate crime. The question is not whether I would die for love, but whether I will.
Hate crimes are antithetical to equality and justice and silence is the environment where the virus of hate thrives. By speaking up we can inoculate our country from the spread of this deadly spiritual disease.